This is just a quick update about the progress of the new Jadis CD which will be released this summer, there will be 8 tracks and the musicians
They have made a video while recording the drum parts and a few guitar sections, the song featured has the working title 'With or without words' and it can be viewed on you tube by clicking the link below:
Jadis are a four piece rock band hailing from the south of England.They became a full-time gigging outfit when they supported IQ on their 'Nomzamo' tour of Britain and Europe.They then supported Marillion on their 'Clutching At Straws' UK tour, culminating in three nights at London's Hammersmith Odeon.
A period of extensive touring then followed, in which Jadis played over 150 gigs in pubs and clubs throughout Britain, building up a substantial following and building up to a sold out debut headline at London's prestigious Marquee Club. On the recording front, the band issued several demo-tapes produced by Steve Rothery of Marillion, which proved very popular with Jadis's growing audience.
Gary was forced to reorganise the line-up, soon recruiting keyboard player Martin Orford from IQ, an old friend who lived locally, and a chance meeting with drummer Steve Christey led to him also joining the band. Together with bass player Nick May, the new line-up was soon in great demand and headline billing at the Rougemont Festival in France and major gigs in Germany marked the start of a very successful period for Jadis.
After a brief period Nick May was replaced by John Jowitt, another IQ member, and very soon afterwards, the band were in the studio to commence the recording of their debut CD release, More Than Meets The Eye, the first new album on the embryonic GEP label, which Martin helped set up.
Following its release in the spring of 1992, More Than Meets The Eye quickly won critical acclaim from around the world, including recommendations and air play on BBC Radio One from both Alan Freeman and Tommy Vance, and rave reviews in the European music press. The readers of the influential SI magazine in Holland voted it album of the year, and the extensive 'Lurve Ambassadors' tour of Germany, Holland and France in November 1992 enhanced the band's reputation as a live act still further.
1993 saw less live work for Jadis, although an appearance at the Uden Festival in Holland was the band's biggest gig to date. Studio work was much more frenetic however, and the Once Upon A Time mini-CD appeared towards the end of the year. This was intended to be the first in a series of releases featuring new recordings of classic tracks form the band's early years. The main priority, however, was the writing of material for the new album, a seemingly daunting task following the almost universal popularity of More Then Meets The Eye.
Recording commenced in January 1994, and after almost three months of painstaking work, Across The Water was released at the start of May, selling out of the initial run in only 10 days! Jadis then embarked on a promotional tour of Europe with American band Enchant. At the end of the year Jadis were voted Best Band by the UK's Classic Rock Society, and in addition, Across The Water was awarded Album Of The Year accolade.
In early 1995, John Jowitt and Martin Orford decided to leave the band to devote more time to their IQ commitments. The vacant bass player slot was filled by local musician Steve Hunt, who quickly proved to be a valuable asset to the band. Martin Orford continued to play for Jadis as a session musician until Mike Torr took over keyboard duties in October 2005. In December, the Classic Rock Society voted Gary Best Guitarist and their Best Gig award was awarded to the band's Rotherham performance of earlier that year.
1996 saw the arrival of a second mini-CD, Once Or Twice, showcasing the new line-up. Following on from Once Or Twice, it again featured re-recordings of older material, and was the first CD to include a live track. During the summer tour the band struck out into new territories, playing in Spain, Slovakia and Poland, as well as Germany, Holland and the UK, ending on a sweltering hot July night in Rotherham.
New material was written at a pace, and in early 1997 Jadis produced their third album, Somersault. Following an amicable split from the GEP label, the band released this album themselves, distributed via Steve Rothery's Dorian Music label. This new work received very positive reviews throughout the world. A wonderful series of European gigs followed soon after, including the German Progressive Rock Festival and headline billing at the two day UK Classic Rock Society Festival.
As a result of the success of these gigs, the band decided to release the eagerly awaited live album, entitled As Daylight Fades. This live album encapsulates the bands live energy and musical prowess, with stage favourites drawn from three albums, primarily recorded at the unforgettable 1996 Annual 'Garden Gig' with Martin Orford returning for a special guest appearance . Released by the band themselves, As Daylight Fades continued to sell well and opened up new areas for the band, particularly Japan and South America. Soon after the release of the live album, Jadis again fell prey to a change of line-up, however, on a positive note this saw Martin Orford return to the vacant keyboard stool. A short but successful tour of the UK, Holland and Belgium followed in October 1998, again culminating in headlining the UK Classic Rock Society Festival. New territory was chartered at the end of the years, when Gary and Martin were invited to perform some acoustic dates, featuring Jadis and IQ favourites, in Chile.
In 2000, the band recorded their fourth studio album, Understand, with John Jowitt returning to recomplete the line-up. Following release the band proceeded to tour, playing some very well received gigs in Holland, Germany, Belgium and the Baja Festival in Mexico. This extensive tour culminated in a blistering two and a half hour performance at the Annual Garden Gig in July 2001, which was recorded and released as Alive Outside the following November. As a further treat, 2001 also saw the release of MediumRare, a rarities CD containing re-mastered versions of Jadis EP's Once Upon A Time and Once Or Twice together with previously unreleased live and demo tracks.
2002 saw yet more gigs played and the band started writing for the next studio album. The recording of Fanatic, their fifth studio album, was completed early in 2003 and the album was released on the well known InsideOut label in April. A supporting tour through Europe then followed, seeing gigs played in a number of countries, including Poland, Germany, Holland and the UK. During this tour the Live DVD View From Above was recorded and subsequently released in September 2003. A combination of the album Fanatic and old favourites feature on the DVD, providing a superb history of the band in a live environment.
2004 sees the band pick up where 2003 left off, with yet more gigs through Europe, in support of Fanatic and then off to the United States to headline the ROSfest festival where they played to a near capacity crowd in Philadelphia's Colonial Theatre.
On 28th February 2005 the band released their reworked debut album More Than Meets The Eye following which the band returned to mainland Europe for a small tour in support of this album release.
2006 saw the release of the band's sixth studio album Photoplay, showcasing the band's more guitar driven side to much critical acclaim. Unfortunately soon after the release of this album both Martin Orford and John Jowitt decided to part company with Jadis. For the tour that followed, the vacated seat behind the keyboards was filled by the talented Giulio Risi and on bass the band was joined by Andy Marlow.
With this new line-up complete work will soon be underway on the band's seventh studio album.
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